Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Schlumberger Donates $1.3 Million in Software to UNO

schlumberger donation to UNOSchlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, has donated $1.3 million in software to the University of New Orleans Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. 

Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services company, has donated $1.3 million in software to the University of New Orleans Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. The donation is a 3-year license for the Petrel* E&P software platform, which allows geologists and geophysicists to interpret seismic data to locate oil and gas reservoirs.

"Petrel will provide our students with leading edge technology tools for research and learning. It will especially benefit our students with the completion of their theses and dissertations," said Mostofa Sarwar, a geophysicist and professor of earth and environmental sciences. "The learning outcomes from the software will help students get high-paying jobs in the energy industry and enhance workforce development in that sector."

The Petrel software, which runs on Microsoft Windows, will be used by UNO for research and teaching in specific fields of geosciences such as seismic interpretation. According to Sarwar, the software will help prepare UNO students who are competing in the Imperial Barrel Award Program—a prestigious annual competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world. The program, organized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, rewards winning teams with scholarship funds for their geoscience departments.

Schlumberger had previously supported the research of two UNO graduate students by providing access to seismic data. Sarwar met with Schlumberger officials last year in Houston and emphasized UNO's current research in geophysical interpretation as well as how the University might benefit from access to such sophisticated technology.

*Mark of Schlumberger

 

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